First Single

Debut Single: Midnight Sister – Leave You [Official Video]

:: Good vibes for a cloudy day.

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Artist: Midnight Sister
Title of Album: Leave You
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Label: Jagjaguwa

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New Album: Ásgeir – Afterglow (2017/05/05) // First Single ‘Unbound’

:: Absolutely beautiful!


Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and collaborator; the mighty Ásgeir returns in 2017 with his highly anticipated brand new album, ‘Afterglow’. The Icelandic artist has spent three years honing and perfecting the eleven tracks that make up this magnificent and affecting body of work. Lead single ‘Unbound’ is a stunning, yearning piece of music – surely a career-defining moment for the musician, who’s follow up to debut album ‘In The Silence’ is greatly anticipated by fans worldwide.

The brand new record, which is released on 5th May 2017, sees Ásgeir depart from the sentiment and sound of his debut album in many ways, bringing a great deal more electronic instrumentation into the fold, and adopting r’n’b and soul elements. The album leaves behind the folk-tinged acoustics of ‘In The Silence’ and dives head first into melancholic, melodic electronica in its purest form. The spell-binding artist has also once again collaborated with his father, Einar Georg, for ‘Afterglow’, who is credited with writing the lyrics for the entire album alongside long-time musical collaborators, Ásgeir’s brother, Thorsteinn, Julius Robertsson & Hogni.

Renowned for his silky, falsetto vocal, the musician has previously drawn comparisons to Bon Iver, James Blake and Kings of Convenience, however ‘Afterglow’ sees Ásgeir refine his own distinctive style. The record undoubtedly comes from a place of darkness, reminiscent of ANOHNI’s ‘HOPELESSNESS’, yet it retains an essence of hopefulness at its core. Talking about ‘Afterglow’, Ásgeir said: “I feel like I have achieved plenty already with this album, gotten to know myself better, feel like I’ve grown a lot. Not just because of the album, but it has definitely helped.”

Ásgeir couldn’t have predicted the immensity of his success off the back of 2014 debut album, ‘In The Silence’ – coming from the Icelandic town of Laugarbakki, populated by just 40 people, Ásgeir is every bit as introverted, humble and unassuming as he is gifted. The same year, Ásgeir sold out two shows at Sydney Opera House, one at Shepard’s Bush Empire and played a mesmerising show at London’s Union Chapel, which sold out months in advance. The original Icelandic version of the album, ‘Dyrd í dauðathogn’, became the fastest selling debut from a home grown artist in Iceland, breaking all previous records and outselling Bjork and Sigur Ros by a long way.

The album won Ásgeir four Iceland Music Awards and a nomination for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize. In October 2014 he also picked up an EBBA Award for cross-border European chart success. The ubiquity of Dýrð í dauðaþögn caught the attention of musician John Grant, and the Midlake collaborator immediately recognised Ásgeir’s musical talent. Grant saw plenty of beauty in the album’s lyrics—a poetic collection touching on nature, fantastical creatures, weather and old short stories—and he ended up translating the lyrics into English for the international version of the album, titled ‘In The Silence’.

Over 10% of the entire Icelandic population now own ‘Dýrð í dauðaþögn’, and the album has accumulated over 70million streams worldwide. Debut single ‘King and Cross’ was #1 on the Spotify Viral Charts in the UK, achieving over 4.7m views on YouTube, while second single ‘Torrent’ was #10 in the same week on the same chart. The record had hit the top 10 in Australia, and the top 40 in the UK, France, Japan, Denmark, Holland and Belgium. At just 20 years of age, Ásgeir had become an overnight sensation. [Press release via One Little Indian]

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Artist: Ásgeir
Title of Album: Afterglow
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Label: One Little Indian

Track Listing:
1 Afterglow
2 Unbound
3 Stardust
4 Here Comes the Wave in
5 Underneath It
6 Nothing
7 I Know You Know
8 Dreaming
9 New Day
10 Fennir Yfir
11 Hold
12 Afterglow (Alternative Version)
13 Unbound (Alternative Version)
14 Where Is My Mind
15 Trust

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 6 // Train // Aarhus, Denmark
May 7 // Vega // Copenhagen, Denmark
May 9 // Festaal Kreuzberg // Berlin, Germany
May 10 // Mojo Club // Hamburg, Germany
May 12 // Plaza // Zurich, Switzerland
May 13 // Strom // Munich, Germany
May 15 // Cabaret Sauvage // Paris, France
May 16 // CIRQUE ROYAL-KONINKLIJK CIRCUS Bruxelles // Brussel, Belgium
May 17 // Luxor // Cologne, Germany
May 18 // Paradiso // Amsterdam, Netherlands
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

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More ‘Ásgeir’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Nov 24 – New: It Will Rain / ‘In The Silence’ Deluxe Edition / ‘King and Cross’ [Electric Piano Version]
2014, Apr 20 − New Single: Here it Comes (2014/04/19)
2014, Jan 23 – Debut Album: In The Silence (2014/01/27) [Full Album Stream]
2013, Nov 14 − New Single: Torrent [Video Portrait] (2013/12/16)
2013, Aug 08 − Debut Single: King and Cross [Official Video] (2013/08/12)


Debut Album: Liz Aku – Ankhor (2017/05/05) / First Single ‘Seasons Change’

:: This is not to be missed!


It was a long wait, but with her new album Ankhor, Belgian soul talent Liz Aku has proven once again that music is a calling rather than a profession. Honed and refined by years of collaboration with the best artists Belgium’s music scene has to offer, Liz Aku’s sound is the result of a journey. The first leg of it was spent working with musicians such as Ozark Henry, Sweet Coffee and DeLaVega, and resulted in the solo debut Me, Versatile Me.

Searching for guidance in the production of her album, gut feeling next led her to the renowned Mara TK. This Electric Wire Hustle front man immediately recognized her talent and helped her find a more mature sound in faraway New Zealand. What can we say, sometimes you have to cross half the world to find yourself… Expect collabs with Chief & Deheb, Maximoe, Zulu Moon, Bart Maris, Lander Gyselinck and Potatohead People. [Press release via]

First Single Seasons Change coming out February 24th. The pre-order for the album Ankhor will start March 31th (incl. 2 grat track).

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Artist: Liz Aku
Title of Album: Ankhor
Release Date: May 05,  2017
Label: Sonar Kollektiv


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New Single: Ry X – Only (Official Video)

:: First single from his long-awaited debut solo album, Dawn. Ry X’s debut album Dawn is out May 6, 2016 on Infectious Music!


The linup: Ry Cumings, aka Ry X

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Ry X - Only

Artist: RY X
Title of Single: Only
Release Date: March, 2016
Label: Infectious Music

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More ‘RY X’ on:
2014, Jun 18 – New Track: Sweat (unmixed demo)
2013, Jul 31 – New EP: Berlin (2013/08/09) / New Song ‘Vampires’
2012, Dec 07 – Berlin


Debut Solo Album: Jamie xx – In Colour (2015/06/02) / New Track ‘Gosh’

:: xx


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Artist: Jamie xx
Title of Debut Album: In Colour
Release Date: June 02, 2015
Label: Young Turks

01 Gosh
02 Sleep Sound
03 SeeSaw (feat. Romy)
04 Obvs
05 Just Saying
06 Stranger In A Room (Feat. Oliver Sim)
07 Hold Tight
08 Loud Places (feat. Romy)
09 I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)
10 The Rest Is Noise
11 Girl

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 16 // Nuits Sonores // Lyon, France
May 23 // YT @ Bombed Out // Church Liverpool, United Kingdom
May 30 // Forbidden Fruit // Dublin, Ireland
Jun 05 // St. John’s Church // London, United Kingdom
Jun 06 // Parklife Festival // Manchester, United Kingdom
Jun 07 // Wildlife // Brighton, United Kingdom
Jun 12 // Bestival // Toronto, Canada
Jun 13 // Bonnaroo // Manchester, TN
Jun 19 // Sonar // Barcelona, Spain
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Jamie xx’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Apr 27 – New Track: Loud Places [ft. Romy]
2014, Mar 31 – New Single: Girl / Sleep Sound (2014/05/05)
2011, Sep 11 – New York Tribute: Gil Scott-Heron &Jamie xx – NY Is Killing Me
2011, Sep 02 – Jamie xx Essential Mix


New Album: Howling – Sacred Ground (2015/05/04) / First Single ‘Stole The Night’

:: Woaah. Love.


The linup: Frank Wiedemann & Ry Cuming Howling

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Artist: Howling
Title of Album: Sacred Ground
Release Date: May 04, 2015
Label: Monkeytown Records

1 Signs
2 Stole the Night
3 Interlude I
4 X Machina
5 Litmus
6 Zürich
7 Short Line
8 Quartz
9 Interlude II
10 Forest
11 Howling
12 Lullaby
13 Signs (Matom Remix) [Bonus Track]

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 14 // Lyon (FR) // Nuit Sonores
May 15 // Lisboa (PRT) // Lux
May 18 // Munich (DE) // Strom
May 21 // London (UK) // Button Factory
May 22 // London (UK) // Oval Space
May 24 // Glasgow (UK) // Sub Club
May 27 // Hamburg (DE) // Übel & Gefährlich
May 28 // Amsterdam (NL) // Melkweg
May 29 // Cologne (DE) // Electronic Beats Festival
May 30 // Berlin (DE) // Berlin Festival

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More ‘Howling’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Jul 02 – New EP: Shortline (2013/06/24)


New Album: D’Angelo – Black Messiah / First Single ‘Sugah Daddy’

:: After 14 years…


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Artist: D’Angelo
Title of Album: Black Messiah
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Label: RCA Records

01 Ain’t That Easy
02 1000 Deaths
03 The Charade
04 Sugah Daddy
05 Really Love
06 Back in the Future (Part I)
07 Till It’s Done (Tutu)
08 Prayer
09 Betray My Heart
10 The Door
11 Back in the Future (Part II)
12 Another Life

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 11 // Zurich, Switzerland // Kaufleuten
Feb 12 // Neu-Isenburg, Germany // Hugenottenhalle
Feb 14 // Berlin, Germany // Columbiahalle
Feb 16 // Paris, France // Palais Des Congres
Feb 17 // Birmingham, England // Academy
Feb 18 // Manchester, England // Apollo
Feb 20 // London, England // Apollo
Feb 24 // Hamburg, Germany // Docks
Feb 27 // Oslo, Norway // Sentrum Scene
Feb 28 // Stockholm, Sweden // Annex
Mar 02 // Amsterdam, Holland // Paradiso
Mar // 06 Cologne, Germany // Tanzbrunnen
Mar // 07 Brussels, Belgium // Forest National
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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